From Cottages to Castles…and everything in Between
When you read the home type in the MLS listings what exactly are the definitions of the home style of the Outer Banks Beach home? Here are some guidelines to help you navigate through it from the simple cottages to castles.
This is a popular home style on the Outer Banks . It is a simple construction usually a rectangular one-story home on pilings. The ground level may be enclosed or left open for parking.
Bungalow – Usually an older style Outer Banks home that sits one to one and a half stories high with a charming verandah on the front of the home.
Usually an older style Outer Banks home that sits one to one and a half stories high with a charming verandah on the front of the home.
Most homes found in this style are older Outer Banks homes built in the 60’s. They incorporate a flat roof line usually one story and a concrete block frame.
Old Nags Head Style Home
A local Outer Banks architectural treasure. This style home encompasses a wide wrap around porch with cedar shake siding and propped green shutters. In the Nags Head Beach Cottage Row Historic District the homes have stood for over a century and are also known as the Unpainted Aristocracy.
Beach Contemporary Style
These are newer homes on the beaches of the Outer Banks usually two or more stories with a reverse floor plan located oceanfront or between- the- highways. The living area on a reverse floor plan is on the top floor maximize the view of the ocean. Bedrooms can be found on the lower levels. These homes also incorporate the use of decks and porches.
Modern Oceanfront Estate
Modular vs. Manufactured Homes:Modular homes are fully constructed in factories and transported to a lot on the Outer Banks. They arrive in segments and are assembled on the site. They are sturdy homes and in fact in a report done by FEMA “Building Performance: Hurricane Andrew in Florida,” assessment teams from FEMA concluded that modular homes withstood the 131-155 mph winds of the Category 4 storm in August of ’92 far better than site built housing. They cost less and are usually more energy efficient and must be structurally approved by inspectors.
are also referred to as “mobile homes” or “trailers”. The chassis is are never removed and the homes do not have a permanent typical foundation. They are held to less strict standards than modular or site built homes. They do not have to be structurally approved by an inspector and conform only to the code set by HUD. They come in three sizes – single wide, double wide and triple wide. Be sure to consult with your Buy the Beach Realtor to determine the size. A Single wide with additions could resemble a double wide. Single wide homes are more difficult to finance and manufactured homes as a whole are put in a separate lending category by banks due to their depreciation value.